Monthly Archives: January 2015

How Should I Handle a Dog Bite?

After dog bites, safety first—and then action

Do you know what to do after being bitten by a dog? Taking the appropriate steps to handle your injury can mean the difference between a manageable recovery and serious medical complications. Worse, your actions could impact your quest to secure compensation for the injury and inconvenience. If you’re bitten by a dog under any circumstances, keep these important tips in mind in the subsequent hours and days.

Medical Bills

This may be your most pressing concern in the aftermath of a dog bite. Dog bites can produce medical bills for surgeries, long hospitalizations, expensive medications, and other costly line items. Often, these bills come from multiple providers and may be difficult to track in real time. By working with an experienced attorney, you can ensure that you secure compensation for all of the attendant medical bills that your injury produces.

Lost Income

If your dog bite results in a significant layoff from work, you could be entitled to compensation for lost income. An attorney can help you calculate a fair value for your lost productivity, including the long-term economic cost of an injury that renders you unable to perform your pre-injury job duties.

Pain and Suffering

If your injury causes substantial pain and suffering, you could be entitled to this special type of compensation that accounts for your mental and physical discomfort. It’s important to retain an experienced attorney to advocate on your behalf.

Loss of Services

It might sound almost scandalous, but “loss of services” is a very real concept. In certain jurisdictions, it’s possible to sue the owner or caretaker of a dog in the event that the bite rendered the victim incapable of providing companionship or intimacy to his or her spouse. These awards can be substantial.

Punitive Damages

If you can prove that your dog bite was the result of willful negligence or malice, you may be entitled to punitive damages that can significantly increase your total compensation. Also, keep in mind that Wisconsin law states that a victim of a dog bite is entitled to double damages if the dog has bitten someone before. However, it’s difficult to argue for punitive damages without the assistance of an attorney.

Find a Personal Injury Lawyer with Dog Bite Experience in Neenah and Appleton, WI

We sincerely hope that you’ll never have to deal with a rampaging dog or the aftermath of an encounter with one. However, there are plenty of dogs in the world. Occasionally, out-of-control animals cause serious problems for innocent bystanders. To learn more about your legal options in the aftermath of a dog bite, give us a call at (920) 720-0000 or fill out our online contact form at your convenience.

5 Major Consequences of a Drunk Driving Charge

The DUI arrest is only the beginning

Have you ever been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving? It’s not a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, things may only get worse after you’ve been booked and released in preparation for your court date. Here are five of the biggest consequences of a drunk driving charge—and what they could mean for your future as a driver, employee, and family man or woman.

1. You Could Lose Your Job

Many employers have a zero-tolerance policy for DUI. Even if you’ve only been charged with DUI, you could lose your job without warning. If you’re convicted, the likelihood is even higher.

2. You Could Face Hefty Fines

Despite our cultural affinity for social drinking, DUI laws in Wisconsin are just as strict as in many other states. Even for a first offense, you could face a fine of up to $300 for the citation you receive after your arrest. Worse, you could face court costs and other fees that stretch well into four-figure territory. If you’re on a budget, the last thing you want to do is face a drunk driving charge.

3. You May Need to Install an Ignition Interlock Device

You may be able to avoid this after your first offense, but any subsequent DUI conviction will land you with an inconvenient ignition interlock device. IIDs require you to blow into a Breathalyzer tube every time you get into your car. If you don’t blow a clean 0.0, you can’t start the car.

4. You Will Lose Your License Temporarily

Even a first offense requires you to give up your driving privileges for at least six months. For subsequent offenses, you could lose your license for three years. That’s a long time to go without a legal ride.

5. Your Reputation Will Be Affected for Up to 10 Years

DUI convictions remain on your criminal record for up to 10 years. Whenever a prospective employer, landlord, or lender runs a background check on you, it’ll turn up.

Learn More About DUI and Drunk Driving Laws in Appleton and Neenah, WI

Even the most careful folks slip up from time to time. If you’re facing a DUI charge and want to know more about your legal options, we’d be happy to consult with you and advise you on your best course of action. To schedule a convenient meeting with one of our highly professional DUI attorneys, head over to our website to fill out our contact form. You can also check out our videos and other resources.